Ketchikan has gone back to work after a plane crash June 25 killed eight tourists, and its skies are once again buzzing with floatplanes. The crash was an off-limits topic at the many other flying services in town.
Some diners judge an eatery by the quality of the view. By that standard, the GoldStar Dining Room, aka the dining car on the Alaska Railroad, must be one of the finest restaurants on the planet, at least for those who are willing to forgo an extended menu for the sake of the scenery.Mike Dunham
When the first gray whale breached, it caught many of us off guard. My 10-year-old pointed toward the stern, mouth hanging open, as again and again the gray whale presented us with an impressive display of marine mammal athleticism. The atmosphere was electric after that. Erin Kirkland
Because fewer than 6,000 miles of certified public roads and highways probe Alaska's 570,374 square miles, rivers are especially important. Alaskans' dependence on rivers for in-state travel is critical, particularly for rural residents whose road systems are at best localized and short.Ken Marsh